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Berberis

Berberis (Barberry)

Berberis is a group of shrubs grown for their spring flowers and often berries and coloured foliage. Many berberis have thorny stems or spikey leaves making them useful for hedging to deter intruders. They may be deciduous or evergreen depending o... more...


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Buxus

Buxus (Box, Boxwood)

Buxus is a group of slow growing evergreen shrubs. They have small leaves which are green or variegated, making them popular for clipping into hedges or topiary work. Most are very hardy growing in regions up to zone 5. They will grow anywhere fro... more...


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Echium vulgare (Vipers bugloss)

Echium vulgare is a annual or perennial with spikes of blue flowers in the species but other colours are available. The flowers are popular with bees. It requires full sun and a fertile, alkaline soil to grow well. They are hardy up to zone 7. more...



Euonymus

Euonymus

Euonymus are shrubs which can either be deciduous or evergreen. Evergreen forms are grown for their colourful, often variegated foliage. Deciduous forms have bright berries and autumn leaf colour. Flowers are insignificant. Euonymus cope well and ... more...


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Genista

Genista (Broom)

Genistas are tough deciduous shrubs bearing yellow, pea-like flowers in late spring and early summer. The leaves are small and dark green. Genistas grow best on poor infertile soils and will cope with both acid and alkaline conditions. They like ... more...


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Philadelphus

Philadelphus (Mock orange)

Philadelphus are deciduous shrubs grown for their white cup shaped flowers. The flowers are delightfully scented of orange blossom and borne during late spring and early summer. Phildelphus will grow on any reasonable garden soil including chalk a... more...


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Photinia

Photinia

Photinias are large shrubs which may be either evergreen or deciduous. Evergreens are grown for their foliage which is sometimes brightly coloured. Flowers are white and borne in clusters in late spring and are followed by red berries. Deciduous t... more...


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Aubretia

Aubretias are spreading rockery perennials grown for their spring flowers. Flowers come in colours of pink, mauve and white. All aubretias like a site in full sun on well-drained, limy soil. They are best if pruned back hard after flowering. more...



Centranthus ruber

Centranthus ruber (Red valerian)

Centranthus ruber is a British native perennial with pink flowers borne from late spring to early autumn. It frequently self seeds even on the poorest of soils. Centranthus grows best in full sun on any soil. more...



Cistus

Cistus (Rock rose, Sun rose)

Cistus are dwarf shrubs suitable for the rock garden. They bear single rose-like flowers in early summer in shades of pink, red and white. Cistus require a site in full sun on very well-drained soil. Add grit or vermiculite to the soil when planting. more...


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Echinops

Echinops (Globe thistle)

Echinops are perennial plants with prickly, greyish foliage and rounded, metallic blue flowers heads. Some species may require staking. All types are attractive to butterflies. They require full sun and moderate to poor chalky or sandy soil. more...


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Gentiana acaulis

Gentiana acaulis (Trumpet gentian)

Gentiana acaulis is an alpine perennial with blue, upward pointing, bell-shaped flowers. The flowers are borne in either spring. Grow gentians in a sunny site on well drained, limey soil. They are best if lifted and divided every few years in spri... more...



Gypsophila

Gypsophila (Baby's breath)

Gypsophilas are perennials hardy to about zone 6 which bear broad-spreading, whispy displays of flowers from summer to early autumn. The flowers are small, and either white or pink. They make excellent cut flowers. These plants like a well-drained... more...